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Tom Holland, Charlie Hebdo, and the history of Islam

On the way back from a conference in Glasgow, I picked up a copy of The New Statesman to read on the plane. The cover story concerned Tom Holland’sĀ  1,219 more words


In the Heart of the Sea: In Theaters March 13th, 2015

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. 217 more words


What is worth killing for?

In the pre-enlightenment Western world, it was common to put someone to death for holding all kinds of view that society or religion deemed blasphemous. In the same century that Anglican Reformers were being burnt at the stake in Oxford for their views on the sacraments, Servetus, anabaptist and antitrinitarian, had the dubious privilege of being burnt in effigy by the Catholics in France and in actuality by the Protestants in Geneva. 465 more words



One man puts the life he has created on the line when he tries to juggle his family, his job and the soon to be born child of someone he barely knows, all from the phone in his car. 272 more words


Magna Carta

I follow Tom Holland – one of my favorite historians – on Twitter. He always has something interesting to say. In the tweet below, he brought my attention to an essay by David CarpenterĀ in… 141 more words

Digital History

New 'In the Heart of the Sea' Trailer Has the Crew Up Against More Than Just Moby Dick

The story of Moby Dick is one of the most well known stories out there, and outside of the story of the whale, the story of the crew that battled him is fascinating. 266 more words


Why Strength Training is Important in Triathlon Training

Although no one would deny that they are incredible athletes, we don’t tend to think of triathletes as strength trainers. Endurance athletes, sure. Mentally tough, you better believe it. 852 more words

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